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Aug 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Upload and Daisy
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Margaret is exploring the tunnels under Whateley again, because everyone else is in the cafeteria and that's only so interesting when you can't eat or drink. There's some pretty interesting stuff down here! For instance, this room has a bar in it, and despite the entrance being underground the window has a view of exploding stars.

She admires the view for a bit, then wanders up to the bar.

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She doesn't get far before the crowd at the door starts parting to let someone through from behind it: Deskyl, re-lighting her 'saber as she crosses the threshold, with DZ a step behind.

Apprentice, she signs, and DZ repeats it aloud. Stop playing with the Forceblinders and come here.

He growls, not shifting from his focus on his opponent. She speaks over his growl: "Is he yours? He's very rude."

I know. She steps up to join the fight, and Tenin adjusts to guard against her as well. Do you have a grievance?

"Nah, he's just a little shit."

Good. And then she closes on him. Red blades flash, both of them moving too quickly for the eye to track, and after a moment his body thumps to the ground, and she turns to go back inside.

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Upload has never actually seen someone die in real life before. She's just going to stand where she is and stare for a bit. 

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The crowd, and the other combatant, seem just as shocked. Raafi steps up to herd them back inside, and stops to cast something on the corpse before returning to Margaret. "Are you all right?"

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"Me? I'm fine . . . He's not. I know it's better that he die than somebody else who didn't start it, but . . . he's still dead. I don't know."

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"Off to the next great adventure, yeah." He's solemn, despite the lightness of the words.

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"People in my world do sometimes have experiences after death--some philosophers would argue I'm one of them, even. How does it work in your world?"

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"We have afterlives, depending on what kind of person you are. Most worlds with magic do, of some sort."

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"My world has magic, so maybe everyone gets an afterlife and not just some people. His world has magic too," she adds, gesturing at the corpse. "Though I don't know if he can get to his world's afterlife from here even if there is one."

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"I've never heard of anyone getting stuck."

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"Yeah, Milliways seems too nice for that. I should go make sure DZ's alright, though she might have gone upstairs with Deskyl. Or possibly Lord Pradnakt now."

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"All right. Good luck."

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It takes a few seconds for DZ to answer the door when she knocks. Pradnakt is sitting in the room behind her, signing an explanation of Milliways to two other Sith, a calm but slightly impetuous woman a bit older than she is and a teenage boy who is doing an imperfect job of hiding how dubious he is of the situation. And this is Upload, she signs to them when she comes to the end of her explanation of the time dilation. A human from another world inhabiting a robot body. She has engineering powers and will be helping me with my next project. Upload, this is my new apprentice, Lord Valyr, and her apprentice, Rin.

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"Pleased to meet you," she says with something approximating her usual cheerfulness. Then to Pradnakt: "I take it everything went well out there?"

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Of course, she signs, with a hint of a grin.

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"And what project is that, my lord?"

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Nothing I need your assistance with, for the moment. Your assignment for now is to continue your research, using the bar's library. I expect a report on what you've been working on and what new projects you'd like to pick up within two weeks, by your time.

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Rin shifts uncomfortably.

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Is there a problem, apprentice?

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"May I speak to my master privately, Lord?"

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-no. Valyr-?

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"- later, please, my lord?" She glances significantly at Margaret.

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Very well. Daisy will arrange for your rooms and if you need anything retrieved from your quarters or compound.

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"Yes, my lord. Thank you."

She takes Rin's hand and leads him out.

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"Congratulations," says Upload. "If the base is secure, I can set up to transmit the virus whenever is convenient." She's a bit nervous being in a room with Lord Pradnakt and no Daisy, but the excitement of finally being ready to start rescuing people is much more prominent.

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It is. What did you end up doing about transmission, how fast do you expect it to spread?

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